Monday, July 5, 2010

Zest for Beauty

An excerpt from the July edition of American Spa Magazine by Cristina De Oliveira

It’s hard to think of something that doesn’t look better thanks to lemons—a tall glass of water, a decadent dessert, and even your skin. This blazingly bright yellow fruit isn’t only easy on the eyes but it is also a powerful antioxidant that offers countless beauty benefits, making it a popular ingredient in beauty products.

Forget how acerbic lemons are to taste—people are certainly sweet on the the crisp and citrusy notes of this fresh fruit.

According to Mette Gustavsen of Joia Beauty (Northampton, MA), lemon scent and action grabs your attention. “It is just love at first sight, or whiff in this case,” says Gustavsen. “After you smell the products, I usually remind them of the potent invigorating, cooling, and refreshing properties that lemons hold.” According to her, lemon-infused products are best suited for hot-natured people who need a little help cooling down or for those who just enjoy the revitalizing scent.

Danica Siegel, uses lemons in her products to help her customers beat the heat, as well as their stress level. “Lemon has the ability to create a positive mindframe and remove negative emotions,” she says. “It’s calming in nature and helps remove mental fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, and nervous tension.”

As far as skincare goes, the potent power of lemon cannot be ignored, and it helps lead to sunny dispositions. “Lemon juice has bleaching, regenerating, moisturizing, and toning effects, and it refreshes and rejuvenates the skin and increases its resiliency,” says Szilvia Hickman. “The pulp and the peel of the lemon contain fruit acids that lighten pigmentation and eliminate excess oil. Its essential oil is mostly used by the beauty industry for its pleasant, fresh fragrance.” According to Hickman, lemon oil is used in products because of its lightly hydrating, stimulating, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, and antifungal properties.

The concentration of vitamin C in lemons is also a reason why it’s a skin-friendly resource and a useful weapon to fight aging. One regular-sized lemon has more than 50 mg of vitamin C, which amounts to a high number of antioxidants, especially for one small fruit. “We use lemon essential oil in our products to provide better benefits in preventing skin aging,” says Ken Simpson.

Not only is lemon good for the face but it also perfects the pout. Lemon helps maintain healthy capillary walls, resulting in better blood circulation to the lip area.

While tantalizing the senses and saving the skin are definite beauty boosts provided by lemons, the juicy fruit can also be used to treat and tone the body. La Bella Salon &
Spa (Albuquerque, NM) incorporates PINO Natural Spa Therapy’s Lemon Mint Massage Oil into its treatments to provide a refreshing and stimulating massage. “This vitamin C-rich product increases collagen synthesis, which helps thicken the skin and prevent moisture loss,” says Alma Bocanegra, PINO’s national technical manager. “It also provides an improved appearance in sun damaged skin and reduces skin damage caused by free radicals that are generated by pollution.”

Although this citrus fruit is perfect for reviving summer-worn skin, its crisp scent should not be ignored during the rest of the year. “I incorporate Lemon Bath compresses year-round in my facial treatments,” says Jaime Olander, on-staff esthetician at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. “I recommend clients use lemon in water while cleaning their faces throughout the year, as it is both warming and uplifting to the mood in the colder months and refreshing in the warmer months.” Whether clients are interested in true results-oriented skincare, a relaxing massage, or just a little lift of the spirits, offering them lemon-laden services will give them just the twist they need to feel better from the inside out.

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